Brandt Snedeker hits jackpot ahead of Ryder Cup

Brandt Snedeker poses with the FedExCup and TOUR Championship trophies after his three stroke victory clinched the cup during the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia (AFP Photo / Sam Greenwood)
American golfer Brandt Snedeker has snatched the PGA Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup as well, to deny current World Number One Rory McIllroy of Northern Ireland the title.

Snedeker showed no sign of nerves as he concluded his final round with three birdies on the back nine to kill the drama on the final day of the tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

The 31 year old finished three strokes clear of Englishman Justin Rose doing just enough to pocket a $10 million prize for also claiming the FedEx Cup.

"Just had complete faith in what I was doing. I knew at the end of the day it was going to be a tough day. Every time something bad happened, I knew something good was going to happen and I got a lot of tough putts today and I knew that I had practiced my whole life for this situation, I saw them going in, in my mind and they all went right in the middle when I needed to, and that's just one of those days where everything kind of went right,” AP quotes Snedeker as saying. 

It's a timely boost for Snedeker ahead of the Ryder Cup, which starts on Friday.

"I'm going to get a good night’s sleep tonight, and I am going to go up there with a complete, one hundred per cent focus on what we need to do next week to win that cup," he said. 

Meanwhile, Team Europe’s leader Rory McIllroy was unable to win his fourth event in five finishing nine shots off the pace. But for him the Ryder Cup will be a different competition.

"You know, just to get back into that team atmosphere, team spirit, you know it should be good fun and I'm just going to go there and enjoy it and try and help Team Europe out as much as I can," he says.

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